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Five Pursuits Handout- Brief

Five Pursuits of a Discipline

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1. Pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Seek to know Jesus as Savior, Lord and a personal friend, not just a historical or institutional figure. With disciplined practice of the spiritual disciplines, you will become unmistakably shaped to love more and more like Jesus in every aspect of life. John 15:4-11; John 14:6


2. Pursue accountability in a small group Jesus modeled the first small group showing how we need each other to love like Jesus. It can’t be done alone! Committing to a small, intimate group that gives others permission to speak into your life will support you in seeking to live daily more like Christ. Mark 3:14; Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 4:22-25; Hebrews 10:24-25


3. Pursue a calling to serve with acts of love and compassion Jesus set the example on how to build God’s kingdom by serving those in need and responding to injustices. By discovering your unique calling and engaging your spiritual gifts in what God is doing in the world, the love of God flows through you in an exhilarating way. John 13:1-17; Mark 10:45, 1 Peter 4:10-11


4. Pursue generosity by demonstrating a life of Stewardship On the cross, Jesus set the example of stewardship of his life with the ultimate act of generosity. Acknowledging that God created and owns everything, we strive to become generous stewards of God’s gifts of time, talents, resources, relationships, and grace. Mark 10:45; John 17:1-8; Matthew 25:14-30


5. Pursue multiplication by sharing the Gospel and disciplining others Sharing the Gospel, modeling a Christ-centered life, and nurturing other followers is the fundamental call from Christ. By sharing your personal faith journey with authenticity and transparency, you invite others to meet Christ. By investing your life in another, you engage, equip, and encourage the making of disciples for Christ. Mark 1:14-15; 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, Colossians 1:28